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Vacant industrial building in Riverside damaged in fire

Buffalo firefighters were investigating a suspicious blaze Sunday morning at a vacant industrial building in Riverside.

The two-alarm fire at a building at 308 Crowley Ave., near Isabelle Street, was reported over the department's radio at about 11 a.m.

Firefighters reported the blaze to be out at about 11:15 a.m., and some fire personnel remained on the scene as of noon, according to radio communication.

Damage to the building, which was filled with debris and was in dilapidated condition, was estimated at $5,000.

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Buffalo man, 58, charged with felony DWI after chase

A Buffalo man was arrested Saturday and charged with felony driving while intoxicated after a police chase in Amherst, state police said.

Richard J. Ricci, 58, was traveling in the wrong direction on the westbound Sheridan Drive ramp from Transit Road at about 9 p.m. Troopers attempted to pull the vehicle over but Ricci failed to comply and a chase ensued, troopers said.

The pursuit lasted about two miles, as Ricci fled south on Transit and west on Main. He turned onto a dead-end street and was taken into custody without incident, troopers said.

Ricci failed numerous field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, troopers said. Due to a previous conviction for DWI within the past 10 years, Ricci was charged with felony DWI. He also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless endangerment.

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Boston man asleep at wheel is arrested on DWI charges

A Boston man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday after passing out in his vehicle, state police said.

Christopher D. Haag, 31, was asleep in his vehicle with the headlights on while parked on Feddick Road at 3 a.m., and an investigation revealed he had been drinking, troopers said.

Haag submitted to a Breathalyzer test at the State Police substation in Boston, where troopers said he recorded a 0.17 percent blood-alcohol content, more than twice the legal limit. He was released to appear in Boston Town Court on April 23.

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Woman killed after vehicle rolls over in Cambria

CAMBRIA -- A 29-year-old woman was killed early Sunday in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Saunders Settlement Road near Old Shawnee Road, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was driving east on Saunders Settlement at about 5:45 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and left the roadway.

She was ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, the Sheriff's Office said.

A male passenger suffered minor injuries.

Deputies are withholding the names of those involved, pending notification of family.

Meanwhile, the passengers of a deadly head-on crash Friday on Route 31 appear to be recovering in Erie County Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Ashley Wallace, who was initially taken to the trauma intensive care unit, was listed in serious condition Sunday night. Terrence Hardy was listed in stable condition and John Davis Jr. was treated and released. They were previously listed in fair condition.

The driver of the other vehicle, Richard Dunn, was killed, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Mount Morris man accused in rape of Warsaw girl, 13

A Mount Morris man was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child, Warsaw police said.

Robert D. Sobel, 25, was arrested at noon in Warsaw after a joint investigation by Warsaw and Mount Morris police. He is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in Warsaw in 2011.

The girl is receiving assistance from Wyoming County Victims Services, police said, and further charges against Sobel are possible pending a review by the District Attorney's Office.

Sobel was arraigned in Warsaw Village Court and committed to the County Jail on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in Village Court on June 11.

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2 suspects sought in hold-up of Delaware Ave. gas station

Two men robbed a gas station near the Buffalo-Kenmore border Sunday morning.

Two employees of the Sunoco A-Plus, on Delaware Avenue near Kenmore Avenue, told Buffalo police that two men -- including one with a gun -- entered the store at about 4:15 a.m.

One of the robbers walked to the back of the store to try to buy a beer while the other stayed in the front of the store, according to a police report.

The man with the gun was described as a black male, 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, with a bandanna over his face and wearing a hoodie, green hat and black coat. The other man was described as a 6-foot black male wearing tan khakis, a hoodie, black coat and tan shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Buffalo Police at 847-2255 or visit www.bpdny.org.